Firefox 24 Released, Upgrade in Ubuntu 13.04 / 12.04 / 12.10

Last updated: September 18, 2013

The Mozilla Firefox 24 has been released with bug fixes and improvements. The easiest way to upgrade Firefox in Ubuntu is using the Synaptic Package Manager, here’s how to do it in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring, Ubuntu 12.10 Precise.

Firefox 24 in Ubuntu

What’s new in Firefox 24:

  • Support for new scrollbar style in Mac OS X 10.7 and newer
  • Implemented Close tabs to the right
  • Social: Ability to tear-off chat windows to view separately by simply dragging them out
  • Accessibility related improvements on using pinned tabs
  • Removed support for Revocation Lists feature
  • Performance improvements on New Tab Page loads
  • Major SVG rendering improvements around Image tiling and scaling
  • Improved and unified Browser console for enhanced debugging experience, replacing existing Error console
  • Removed support for sherlock files that are loaded from application or profile directory
  • Replace fixed-ratio audio resampler in capture code with Speex resampler and eliminate pseudo-44000Hz rate
  • 24.0: Security fixes can be found here

Upgrade Firefix in Ubuntu:

Some web tutorials lead the readers to install Firefox via the PPA repository which indeed is not neccessary because Canonical will update Ubuntu universe repository as soon as a new stable release of Firefox comes out.

1.) Open Ubuntu Software Center, search for and install the Synaptic Package Manager

2.) Open Synaptic Package Manager from Unity Dash.

3.) Click on Reload button to update package lists.

4.) Search for Firefox in Quick filter box

5.) Right click on the language version you want, click Mark for Upgrade

6.) Finally click on Apply to start upgrading.


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